New Mexico State Police arrested a woman who they said was driving drunk the wrong way on I-25 for at least 25 miles before officers caught up with her.
When they finally did, she had no idea where she was, and it was all captured on the officer’s dash camera.
Last month, a State Police officer was patrolling on I-25 during a busy Saturday night. Dispatch told the officer there was a driver headed northbound in the southbound lanes. According to the criminal complaint, there were seven 911 calls made regarding the vehicle. The first time someone called 911 about the car was around mile marker 160, that’s just north of Socorro.
The State Police Officer pulled off I-25 at mile marker 186 near Belen. As cars continued to pass him, headed toward the wrong way driver, he put out spike strips and waited until he saw the car.
All four tires were hit and the driver pulled over, shortly after. Police said the person behind the wheel was Michaela Baca. The 24-year-old told the officer she was lost.
When the officer asked if she knew she was driving down the interstate in the wrong direction, Baca replied, “I did and I’m so sorry.”
While Baca said she was coming from downtown Albuquerque, she was actually driving toward Albuquerque, but in the southbound lanes.
“So right now you are in between Belen and Socorro,” the officer said.
She also had no clue what happened to her tires.
“I had to put the spikes out so I could stop your car,” the officer told her.
The officer told Baca she reeked of booze. During field sobriety tests, it appears Baca couldn’t follow instructions.
She was arrested and charged with DWI. According to court records, it’s her first offense. Baca admitted to having two drinks before driving. She blew nearly twice the legal limit.